Nickel In iPad and Other Devices Can Cause Rash - Report Says
By Sarah Thomas | July 15, 2014 1:56 PM EST
According to a report in the Monday's Pediatrics, an Apple iPad caused a body rash in an 11-year-old boy who was treated at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego Hospital. This led to a large number of reports in medical journals that detailed the effects of nickel on the body. Nickel from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptop's and cell phones causes allergies.
A member of the audience uses an iPhone to record DJ Afrojack's performance on ABC network's Good Morning America program in New York June 27, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Nickel is a common element used in every electronic device, and it is one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Dr Sharon Jacob, a dermatologist at Rady Children's Hospital, said that though nickel rashes aren't life threatening, they are extremely uncomfortable, and in cases where the skin eruptions get infected, treatments with steroids and antibiotics may become necessary. Jacob, who co-wrote the report, said with regard to the young patient that he had to miss school because of the rash.
The boy was suffering from a common skin condition that causes scaly patches. But strangely, he developed an unusual rash all over his body that did not respond to the usual treatment. Skin test showed he had a nickel allergy, and the doctors stated that it is due to the iPad his family had bought in 2010.
On testing, doctors detected a chemical compound found in nickel in the iPad's outside coating. "He used the iPad daily," she said. When the phone was placed in a protective case, his condition got better, she said.
It is uncertain if all iPad models and other Apple devices contain nickel. Apple spokesman Chris Gaither, however, stayed mum; he said the company had no comment.
Jacob said that nickel rashes are also traced to some jewelry, eyeglass frames and zippers. She said that in recent times they have become more common or increasingly recognised. National data shows that 25 per cent of children who get skin tests for allergies have nickel allergies, versus about 17 per cent a decade ago. She said doctors must consider electronic devices as potential sources when patients seek treatment for skin rashes.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- NFL MNF: Pittsburgh Steelers 30, Houston Texans 23 [PHOTOS]
- 2014 MLB World Series Game 1: San Francisco Giants 7, Kansas City Royals 1 [PHOTOS]
- 2014 MLB World Series - Game 2: Kansas City Royals 7, San Francisco Giants 2 [PHOTOS]
- NFL Thursday Recap - Denver Broncos 35, San Diego Chargers 21: Peyton Manning Has 3 TDs In Easy Win [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- Kate Middleton Back To Herself After Struggling With Hyperemesis Gravidarum
- Ebola Vaccine: Johnson & Johnson Confident Of Human Trials In January And Market Delivery in May Next Year
- 12 Terrifyingly Healthy Halloween Treats
- New York Doctor Tests Positive For Ebola
- ‘Death Sentence’ For 50,000 Australians With The Refusal Of Costly Hep C Treatment
- Xiaomi Redmi 1S vs. Sharp Aquos Crystal – Specifications, Features And Price Showdown
- ASUS Releases A Teaser Indicating The Arrival of New Zenfone and ZenWatch On October 28
- Boy Stoned To Death For Alleged Rape, Victim Receives Dowry From Militants
- Three Dual SIM Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Duos Variants Comes To China
- Update HTC One M7 with LG G2 with Android 4.4.2 as Sprint OTA: Fixes and Installation
- Russia is Creating Underwater Combat Robots to Protect its Arctic Territories
- Verizon Motorola Droid Turbo Leaked Live Images Surfaces, Scheduled To Get Unveiled On Oct 28